With so many people working remotely we wanted to pull together some of the best tech to help you stay connect and get the most out of your day.
Most people will have heard of Zoom.us, it’s a pretty great video conferencing tool that allows you to host meetings, share presentations, or run a webinar. Our bonus tip is how to use the virtual background https://youtu.be/3Zq-b51A3dA which will put your Zoom-game ahead of the rest. Plus, no list would be complete without it!
Whether you’re down the hall or halfway around the world, Slack.com is the clear front-runner in real-time team chat. The basic premise is that Slack spares email inboxes and reduces the number of clunky ccs and bccs you need to manage. Teams can be created around departments, projects, or whatever you like. Messages are sent out to teams over the transom, or you can DM individuals or smaller groups. There are a whole bunch of add-ons you can get for Slack too, our fav is https://www.heytaco.chat/.
Staying on task
Trello makes to-dos shareable with your colleagues, clients or collaborators. This web-based platform is like a virtual vision board with lists and cards that help you organise what needs to be done, what’s in process and what’s complete. You can create new boards for different projects and it’s very simple to use.
Monday.com is a great way to manage projects across remote teams. It’s a cloud-based project management platforms is aimed at small and mid-sized teams and uses labels to clearly identify who is working on what when. It’s visually a really great tool to use and at least until the novelty wears off, it’s so fun to use, you won’t know you’re working!
Staying healthy and human.
Staying fit is going to be a particular challenge over the foreseeable future, especially if you rely on classes both for the routine and motivation. Sydney Yoga Collective https://www.sydneyyogacollective.com/ is live-streaming its 32 yoga classes. It’s $10 for unlimited access and there’ll be five free classes available weekly, too. Or try recently opened personal-training studio Frame https://www.framecremorne.com/ in Melbourne is now offering six virtual classes every day. It’s $10 for one or $35 for unlimited sessions.
Want to Stephen Fry, Matthew McConaughey or Leona Lewis read you a bedtime story to unwind? Well, there an app for that. Check out https://app.www.calm.com/sleep. It’s a wonderful selection of stories, music, meditation and other things to help you get calm, stay calm or drift off to sleep without a worry in the world.
Rave.io is an app that is all about bringing people together around the media they love. So it allows you to watch Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo together or listening to music. People around the world are using it to host virtual dance parties with friends. Or you can do a movie night? The options are endless and it’s a great way to be social with the social distancing.
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